The Merced County Fair said the deadline to submit a theme for the 2011 fair, whose overall theme is horses, is Thursday, Aug. 5 and 3 p.m.
The winner of the contest will receive $100 and two season passes to the fair. The second- and third-place entries will each be awarded a pair of season passes to the fair. The contest is for Merced County residents only.
All eligible entries are assigned a number for judging. The numbered entries are reviewed by the fair’s marketing/promotions committee before the winning entries are picked by the fair’s board. The entrants’ names are not revealed until after the winners are picked.
The first-place theme will be used as the fair’s theme. Once the top theme is picked, there will be a contest to find a logo design to illustrate the theme. Each year the theme and logo appear on billboards, posters, fliers, T-shirts, advertising, programs, banners and on the fair’s website and Facebook pages to promote the fair.
To enter the competition, print or type entries on a single piece of paper. Each entry must be five words or less, and a maximum of eight entries per person can be submitted. No entries will be accepted that are the same or similar to other trademarked slogans.
E-mail ideas to Info@MercedCountyFair.com or entries may be dropped off at the fairgrounds office, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced. Submissions should include the entrant’s name, address and phone number. Information about the theme competition is on the fair’s website, www.MercedCountyFair.com. For more information, call the fair office at 722-1507.